Halliday happy with life beside the seaside

Andy Halliday

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Andy Halliday is loving life at Blackpool and has dropped a major hint he could be here to stay.

The 22-year-old has impressed on loan at Bloomfield Road but is set to return to parent club Middlesbrough at the end of the season.

He is one of the players Barry Ferguson would like to keep at the club and Halliday indicated he could make the move permanent.

“Barry’s got exciting plans ahead. He wants to go and attack teams in future,” he said. “We want to get the points as soon as possible to get safe but also so we can start planning for next season.

“I think that’s an important thing and that’s what we want to get to soon. I don’t want to put my foot in it too much but I’ve really enjoyed it since I came here.

“But it’s not really up to me – it’s whether Blackpool want to keep me. I’m really enjoying myself. I’ve said that since I first came to the club and we’ll see what the future holds.”

Halliday was one of Ferguson’s first signings in January and has played in all 10 of the Scot’s games in charge.

And the midfielder, who hails from Ferguson’s own back yard in Glasgow, has already seen changes at Bloomfield Road.

He said: “In my first few games here I thought we played nice attacking football but got nothing out of them, so in the last couple of games we’ve said to ourselves that we need to be harder to beat.

“Against Millwall that was evident. We kept a clean sheet and won, and on Saturday we managed it for an hour. It shows we have a plan B up our sleeves.

“I think the performances have merited more than we’ve got but there’s only us who can put this right.”

Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Leicester leaves Pool nine points above the relegation zone but Halliday took plenty of positives from the King Power Stadium.

“We were very organised and made it hard for Leicester,” he said. “But they are a very good side and are top of the league for a reason.

“It was disappointing but we went there with a game plan and did well for 60 minutes. They won’t have many tougher games at home.

“We gradually came into the game, got a goal and even had another good chance at 1-0. It could have been a different story but it wasn’t to be.”